Talking Back to Autism
A Mother's Courage
Review by Ross Anthony

As a writer and educator, communication is my life. How about you? How often do you stop, collect your thoughts, then take the time to organize them in a way that others can readily understand? While this is a skill (and art) that we spend our lives developing, it's something we were able to do since we were children. But, what if, at a young age, our neural communication wires were crossed and tangled making communication so unmanageable that we just assumed we hadn't the capacity? But before you answer, consider also being hyper sensitive in one area of information reception, while deficient in another. How could you break out of that? Would you even be able to know that there was something to break out of? How could those who loved you break in?

This documentary follows an Icelandic family as they search for a way to communicate with an autistic son. Along the way, viewers gain insight into this frustrating and difficult plight as other families speak candidly about their feelings on the matter. Several strategies of teaching the autistic are touched upon, but it's really Soma Mukhopadhyay's "Rapid Prompting Method" that becomes the focus. In fact, the production breaks out of its own rhythm, and standard documentary format, to not just talk about this method, but actually show it in action. In long uncut clinical-feeling segments viewers will get more than just a feel for this method. Its results are so amazing (at least on the subjects shown), that "eye-opening" is a term that barely scratches the surface of its power.

Sweeping shots of the Icelandic landscape are included along with the music of Bjork. Both add entertainment value to a production already of great educational use. That said, the ending ballooning climactic music is a little too much. Such an auditory accent is completely unnecessary, as a child speaking his mind for the first time is plenty powerful to bring an a/v presentation to culmination, and more than just a few viewers to tears. Frankly, inspirational.

-- Books by Author/Illustrator Ross Anthony --

  • A Mother's Courage: Talking Back to Autism. Copyright © 2010.
  • Narrated by Kate Winslet. Directed by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Margret and Keli. First Run Features.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)

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